[PS4] Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon Review

by Tracey

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is a clever and fun puzzle platformer on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. And before you as, yes, this is a cross-buy game! You can play either on the big screen or on the go. Does the game offer enough for console gamers? Is this the game you’ve been looking for? Read our Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon review to find out!

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is an interesting concept. Playing as a spider is always an interesting proposition! You’re out and about looking for your next lunch, and to get something you eat you must weave webs to catch the various insects in the area. The game has an interesting gimmick by which the in-game weather is affected by the actual weather outside your window. If it is raining outside, it is also raining in the game. If it is night time, the game reflects that. It is quite clever. You can play the same level and when the weather and time of day changes, the level looks very different.

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The ultimate goal is to move your eight-legged protagonist around the various objects in the level to weave perfectly formed three-sided webs. The bigger it is, the better since you’ll be able to catch plenty of insects for you to feast on. You’ll also earn points and more silk. If you do not touch the ground as you do this, you can also earn multipliers – touching the ground will automatically reset them. Oh, and if you run out of silk it is game over.

The world is our little protagonist’s oyster. It has a huge mansion to explore with plenty of nooks and crannies. And there are also a windmill, a tower, some guest houses and even a graveyard to visit! Each of the game’s 30 levels has stages to complete with different insects and collectibles to find, not to mention all the obstacles to overcome.

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Weaving your webs is only part of the equation. Sometimes you’ll also need to jump on creatures to take them to your traps. There might be moments when you’ll need to battle them before they become dinner. At first, you will encounter gnats and grasshoppers. Later on, you will encounter hornets, june bugs, crickets and more. Not all bugs are harmless, and some are not stupid stupid enough as to just fall into your webs.

But wait, there’s more! You also have a mystery to solve. You will need to search all over the place and take little detours to search and investigate clues. This adds an extra layer and a nice twist to the game, so you’ll certainly be busy for a while!

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Graphically Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is gorgeous. The level of polish is high, and gameplay is fluid. The only thing I would complain about is that the multipliers are lost far too easily – but aside from that the game is absolutely worth your time and money.

The game has a Platinum trophy, but it will certainly take you a long time to achieve due to the Geolocation feature. Check the trophy list, and you’ll see what I mean! I love it when indie games have a full trophy list, and I’m sure trophy hunters will appreciate the effort!

I had a lot of fun playing the game for my Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon review. The fun gameplay mechanics, gorgeous locations, and varied content grabbed my attention from start to finish. Kudos to the team for giving us a great PS4 game. I look forward to seeing what they’re working on for their next project!

This Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Tiger Style Games

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